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Local food economy

Supporting our Local Food Economy means taking action to make it easier for people to buy and eat good food that’s been produced locally. See what actions the Bristol Good Food Partnership are prioritising to do this.

What’s it about?

Although around 80% of food consumption happens in urban areas, cities can easily become removed from the food supply chains that feed them. When we grow more of our food closer to our homes, urban areas become more resilient, relying less on imports and empowering communities to take direct control of the food they eat from a supply chain they can see for themselves. We can then prioritise farming that regenerates the landscape and uses fewer pesticides.

When the Local Food Economy begins to fail, the impacts are felt throughout the city. Independent businesses struggle to survive on local high streets, jobs are lost and access to good food is reduced. With fewer local producers and suppliers, we rely more heavily on imports and big supermarket and restaurant chains, reducing the economic benefit felt locally and often contributing to a higher carbon footprint. Check in below for progress updates about work on this issue and the Local Food Economy priorities.


Independent food businesses are supported, whilst local, regional and sustainable food is accessible to everyone. 

Outcome 1: Training opportunities and employment conditions have improved with more diversity amongst staff 

Outcome 2: Carbon emissions from food distribution have reduced 

Outcome 3: Local, sustainable, culturally appropriate and nutritious food is accessible and affordable for all citizens  

Outcome 4: The economic contribution of the local food economy continues to grow and more food businesses remain open 

Procurement from suppliers of local, regional and sustainable provenance is widespread.  

Outcome 1: Procurement from local and regional suppliers has increased 

Outcome 2: Organisations have implemented sustainable food procurement standards 

Outcome 3: Hospitality and catering organisations use carbon footprinting to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the food they procure 

These priorities are taken from Bristol Good Food 2030: A One City Framework for Action which aims to transform the city’s food system within this decade, supporting its ambitions on health, climate, biodiversity and social justice.

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So, what change do you want to see happen that will transform food in Bristol by 2030? Do you already have an idea for how Bristol can make this happen? Join the conversation now.

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